Morgan Hill Burglar Surrenders to Police Following Facebook Post - NBC Bay Area

Morgan Hill Burglar Surrenders to Police Following Facebook Post



    The Morgan Hill Police Department on Saturday posted a picture of Colby Worsham on Facebook, and asked residents to help locate him. Worsham turned himself in on Tuesday after his friends and family caught wind of the post. George Kiriyama reports. (Published Tuesday, July 30, 2013)

    Just about 48 hours after detectives posted his picture on the Morgan Hill Police Facebook page, 22-year-old Colby Worsham surrendered to authorities.

    "It's the first time that somebody has turned himself in based off of a social media Facebook," Capt.Jerry Neumayer said.

    Worsham was wanted in connection for burglary, larceny and fraudulent use of credit cards. Detectives used the power of social media -  and the department's Facebook followers responded. Worsham's photo was shared 152 times. Police say Worsham clearly felt the pressure.

    "Family members, friends that may have known him, probably encouraged him to turn himself in based on the Facebook comments," Neumayer said.

    Police say Worsham allegedly stole a woman's credit cards from a home on Buckskin Court in early July. Investigators say he then used them at a Target on Cochrane Road. A couple of weeks later, detectives say he stole another iPhone 5 from a Verizon Wireless store at the Vineyard Town Center.

    Claire Parker says she was one of the Worsham's victims.

    "Very weird vibes. I was creeped out," Parker said.

    Parker was working at the skate park check-in counter when she says Worsham alleged grabbed her iPhone 5 and ran off with it. She's happy social media pressure aided in his arrest.

    "I'm for it. Whatever can help us track him down," Parker said.